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Memphis (16-12, 7-7) at East Carolina (20-7, 10-4 C-USA)
Minges Coliseum (Greenville, N.C.)
Sun., March 3, 2013 - 1 pm (ET) 

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Tigers vs. East Carolina
This is the 22nd meeting between Memphis and East Carolina. The Tigers won the first meeting between the two teams, 66-56, but ECU has picked up a lot of momentum since that loss, winning nine of 11 meetings. The Pirates drilled a three in the final 1:30 of the game on Thursday night against UAB to hang on for a 53-52 victory that allowed ECU to remain unbeaten at home in C-USA play and improved their overall mark at home to 14-1 on the season. The Pirates have not lost a game in Minges Coliseum since Nov. 17th, when they fell 72-62.

It will be a stiff test for a Tigers team that needs a win to remain in the top four of the C-USA standings. Not only does ECU bring the long home winning streak into Sunday's game, the Pirates still have a shot at the conference championship, trailing SMU by just one game. The Pirates are currently tied with Tulane at 10-4 in the C-USA mix for second place, but hold the tie break over the Green Wave on the strength of a 55-52 road win in New Orleans back in January. The Pirates would love to fall into a tie with SMU, as they handed the Mustangs their first C-USA loss of the season, 63-47, in Minges Coliseum on Feb. 14th.

Memphis vs. East Carolina
The Series
Memphis Leads 11-10
2/1/02 W 83-62 Home
2/2/03 L 87-76 Away
2/8/04 W 79-60 Home
1/7/05 L 60-47 Away
3/3/05 W 76-67 Neutral
1/8/06 L 81-68 Home
2/10/06 L 74-54 Away
1/20/07 L 69-57 Home
2/3/07 L 79-57 Away
1/12/08 W 69-50 Home
2/23/08 W 61-59 Away
1/22/09 L 83-66 Away
2/20/09 W 74-68 Home
1/30/10 L 76-59 Away
2/27/10 L 77-76 (ot)  Home (FEF)
3/9/10 L 73-66 Neutral
1/9/11 W 87-75 Away
2/6/11 W 83-70  Home (FEF)
1/15/12 W 61-59 Home
1/29/12 W 69-56 Away
1/17/13 W 66-56 Home

In the Loss at Tulsa
- Memphis gave up 40 first half points in the loss at Tulsa, the most points given up by the Tigers since C-USA play began.

- The Tigers suffered their first-ever loss to Tulsa in the Melissa McFerrin era.

- Memphis' 11-point loss was their third double-digit point loss of the conference slate.

- Memphis committed 21 turnovers in the road loss. That marked the third time this season the Tigers turned it over 20 or more times in league play; both of the other games were against UAB, two games Memphis won. The Tigers' season-high in turnovers was 26, committed in the win at UT Arlington in the fourth game of the season.

- After three straight games with double-digit assists, Memphis had just nine assists on 26 field goals at Tulsa.

- Memphis attempted just 16 free-throws, the fewest since the loss at Marshall on Feb. 3rd. The Tigers hit just nine of those 16 tries. Their 56.3 percent stroke from the line was the lowest since the Marshall loss, when they shot just 44.4 percent. In the last three games, Memphis has shot over 60 percent from the stripe in just one game, hitting 63.0 percent of their shots in the win over UTEP.

- Memphis out-rebounded its opposition for the second time in three games. But with Tulsa hitting 49.1 percent from the field, there wasn't much for the Golden Hurricane to rebound. The 49.1 percent shooting night was the best for any Tiger opponent since Middle Tennessee hit 55.6 percent of hits shots in the second game of the season in the Preseason WNIT.

- Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir scored double digits for a fifth straight game, the longest of her career. She also hit three three-point field goals in the game for the first time in her career, finishing with 14 points. -Ariel Hearn had two assists, and now has 99 assists on the season with two regular season games remaining. - After averaging 9.5 points over the last two games, Pa'Sonna Hope was held scoreless in the loss at Tulsa. She also finished with just two rebounds, the lowest rebound total in four games for her. She did add one blocked shot, and now leads Memphis with 31 blocks on the season.

- Asianna Fuqua-Bey had been a force inside for Memphis, hitting 12 of 17 free throw attempts in a three game streak for the Tigers. But in the last three games, the freshman has gone just 1-for-9 from the line. She just missed her third double-digit career rebounding game, finishing with nine rebounds in the loss on Thursday night.

-Jaymie Jackson is slowing returning to the lineup for Memphis after missing two games with a leg injury. A 73.5 percent free-throw shooter, the freshman guard uncharacteristically struggled from the line on Thursday, going 2-for-4 (50 percent). She has not recorded a steal for the Tigers since the Feb. 14th game against UAB. - Sophomore post Ann Jones had a tough night from the field in the loss at Tulsa. She attempted seven field goals, the second-highest number of tries on the season for her, but hit just two, shooting a season-low 28.6 percent from the field.

- Nicole Dickson needed a late field goal to make it, but she scored double-digit points for the 27th time in 28 games this season, finishing with 11 points. She was just 1-for-6 from three-point range and 5-for-15 from the field in the loss. She was second on the team with eight rebounds, but had four turnovers against just one assist in the loss.

Dickson and Hearn Sweep C-USA Honors for a Third Time
Nicole Dickson and Ariel Hearn swept the Conference USA weekly honors for a third time this season. Dickson earned her fourth C-USA Player of the Week award for averaging a double-double of 24.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game in a pair of wins while shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from three-point range. She had a season-best 16 rebounds in the overtime win at Southern Miss, and scored 20 first half points in the win over UTEP.

Hearn earned her third C-USA Freshman of the Week honor after averaging 16.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game. She also shot 50 percent from the floor and 55.6 percent from three-point range. This is the third time this season that the duo has won both awards in the same week. They also won both awards on Dec. 31st and Jan. 7th.

Dickson additionally won the player of the week award on November 19th. Dickson becomes the first player in school history to earn a C-USA Player of the Week Award for a fourth time. Tamika Whitmore won the award three times in 1997-98 and 1998-99, but never won it four times.

Hearn becomes the first Tiger freshman to earn the freshman of the week honor three times. Ann Jones won it twice last season and Nicole Dickson won it once in her freshman campaign.

Hearn Looking for 100
Freshman guard Ariel Hearn started her college career with 12 assists in the first game of the season and hasn't looked back. She heads into the game at ECU with 99 assists, trying to become just the second Memphis freshman to ever have 100 assists in a single season. The last time a Tiger freshman dished out a 100 assists? 1983-84 when Ruth Ann Forsythe had 101 assists.

McGraw Just Misses Career Mark
Sophomore guard Lauren McGraw finished the UTEP game with nine points on 2-for-4 shooting from the field and 4-for-6 shooting from the free-throw line. The extra points out there cost her a chance to set a career high in scoring, missing her mark of 11 points set in the win at Saint Louis. McGraw was one of four Tigers to hit a three-point field goal on Sunday, knocking down her first make since the loss at UCF back on Feb. 10th. Her first half three was one of a season-best 10 triples on the year for Memphis. The sophomore was unselfish with the ball though, finishing with a season-best four assists against just one turnover. In the last five games, she has nine assists against six turnovers and is 9-for-16 from the free-throw line (56.3 percent).

Abdul-Qaadir Passes Two Benchmarks
Junior guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir passed a pair of benchmarks in the win over UTEP. Her career-best 19 points pushed her over 600 for her collegiate career at Memphis and her five assists gave her 200 career helpers. She also set a season and career-best, scoring double-digit points for a fourth straight game. That marks the first time in 85 career games that the Springfield, Mass., native has scored double-digit points in four straight games.

Hope Pushes Double-Double Mark in 2-0 Week
Junior center Pa'Sonna Hope came off the bench and gave Memphis some big minutes in the post in the two wins last week. She averaged 9.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game last week and was 8-for-13 from the field (61.5 percent). She battled foul trouble against UTEP, finishing with four fouls, but played over 20 minutes for a second straight game. Her only rough spot on the week was at the free-throw line, where she was 3-for-7 (42.9 percent). Her eight defensive rebounds against UTEP were a Tiger career-best and her five offensive boards tied her career-best mark.

Dickson Ties Ellis' Block Mark
Senior Nicole Dickson had four blocks last week, two in each win. That gave the senior 26 blocks for the season, tying Savannah Ellis for fourth in the Tigers' senior single season record book. For her Memphis career, Dickson has 59 career blocks, which ranks the player more known for her scoring in the league, for sixth all-time in the Memphis record book.

That's Foul
The Tigers are 6-10 when they give their opponents 20 or more attempts from the free-throw line, including a mark of 2-6 in league play.

Dickson Moves to 10th in Career Scoring
Nicole Dickson has moved into the career top 10 at Memphis in scoring with 1,606 career points. That puts her squarely at 10th all-time, but she would have some work to do to move up any higher though. Kitty Allen is in ninth place with 1,823 points, 217 points away from where Dickson now sits.

Opponent Check-Up

Grambling State (7-22, 5-12 SWAC): Held on to defeat Alabama A&M, 70-67; hosts Alabama State, Saturday.


Middle Tennessee (21-7, 16-3 Sun Belt): Hit 17 threes in a 85-63 win at Troy; plays at Western Kentucky, Saturday.

Illinois State

Illinois State (19-8, 11-4 Missouri Valley): Got a game-winning bucket with 0.7 left in the game to down Wichita State, 57-56; hosts Missouri State, Sunday.

UTA Mavs

Texas-Arlington (6-20, 3-12 WAC): Lost at San Jose State, 71-49; plays at Utah State, Saturday.

Prairie View A&M

Prairie View A&M (13-14, 10-7 SWAC): Secured fourth seed in SWAC tourney with a 61-59 win over Alcorn State; hosts Southern, Saturday.

East Tennessee State (8-16, 6-11 A-Sun): Held off North Florida, 65-60; hosts USC Upstate, Saturday.

UALR (21-7, 13-6 Sun Belt): Avenged a loss from earlier this season with a 48-41 win over Louisiana; hosts Arkansas State, Saturday.

Illinois (16-11, 9-6 Big 10): Lost to Ohio State, 64-53; plays at Purdue, Sunday looking for a first round bye in the Big 10 tourney.

Alabama A&M (9-18, 8-9 SWAC): Lost at Grambling State, 70-67; plays at Jackson State, Saturday.

Saint Louis (11-17, 5-8 Atlantic 10): Fell to No. 12 Dayton, 71-61; plays at George Washington, Sunday.

Seton Hall (9-19, 4-11 BIG EAST): Fell short at No. 16 Louisville, 72-62; hosts St. John's Saturday.

Missouri (16-13, 5-10 SEC): Upset No. 14 South Carolina, 65-58; plays at Alabama, Sunday.

Tennessee Tech (17-11, 11-4 OVC): Moved into first place in the OVC with a 67-47 win over Eastern Kentucky; hosts Morehead State, Saturday.

Wright State (11-16, 5-9 Horizon League): Won in overtime at Valparaiso, 83-78; plays at Youngstown State, Saturday.

Houston (12-15, 6-8 C-USA): Lost at UCF, 68-55; hosts Rice, Sunday.

Southern Miss (13-14, 5-9 C-USA): Snapped Marshall's three-game home winning streak with a 68-61 win; plays at Tulane, Sunday.

East Carolina (20-7, 10-4 C-USA): Picked up 20th win of the season with a 53-52 thriller against UAB; hosts Memphis, Sunday.

Tulane (19-6, 10-4 C-USA): Rallied for a 73-68 win at SMU; hosts Southern Miss, Sunday.

UAB (16-11, 7-7 C-USA): Edged at ECU, 53-52; hosts Tulsa, Sunday.

UCF (12-16, 6-8 C-USA): Sent seniors out with a 68-55 victory; plays at Marshall, Sunday.

Rice (13-14, 5-9 C-USA): Won third straight game, 62-59, at UTEP; plays at Houston, Sunday.

Marshall (9-18, 3-11 C-USA): Had three-game home winning streak snapped with 68-61 loss to USM; hosts UCF, Sunday.

SMU (20-7, 11-3 C-USA): Fell to visiting Tulane, 73-68; hosts UTEP, Sunday.

UTEP (19-8, 7-7 C-USA): Fell to visiting Rice, 62-59; plays at SMU Sunday.

Tulsa (12-15, 7-7 C-USA): Downed Memphis 79-68; plays at UAB, Sunday.



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